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London-Gatwick Airport operations severely disrupted after drone sightings
20 December 2018

London-Gatwick Airport operations were shut down on December 19 and 20 after drones were sighted near the runways.

The first report of two drones came in around 21:00 hours local time on December 19. The airfield was subsequently closed as of 21:03. Later that night, at 03:01 (Dec.20) the airport was opened again.

A further sighting of drones in the vicinity of the airport again forced a closure of the airport as of 03:45 hours. Meanwhile, police were attempting to find the operator(s) of the drones. The airport remained closed since another drone was reported just before 07:00. At 11:45 the airport stated: “All flights remain suspended from Gatwick today, due to ongoing drone activity around the airfield. There is significant disruption, as a result of what appears to be a deliberate attempt to disrupt flights.”

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